01 January 2012

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

Well a good excuse for not updating with my picks of 2011, I am afraid.  A close relative passed away over Christmas and I have been rather busy on things not work or fun related.

Although we had gone through their Will and wishes for type of service, we hadn't spoken about music.

Now you know that music means a lot to me, without it, I am nothing, so my Desert Island Discs are continually updated. However my thoughts on music for my own funeral, well, I had never finalised anything.  It got me to thinking, what should I have?

Is it that which means the most to me? Is it Something somber? Should it be the opposite to this - perhaps something upbeat? (My mother always jokes that I would play "Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead" at hers...) Well, I know what I do want, but this is a close second.....
Forget the rather creepy imagery.  That's all it is. Rather than waste any time re-writing it's Wiki entry - this is what it says..

According to legend, George Clinton, under the influence of LSD, told Eddie Hazel during the recording session to imagine he had been told his mother was dead, but then learned that it was not true. The result was the 10-minute guitar solo for which Hazel is most fondly remembered by many music critics and fans. Though several other musicians began the track playing, Clinton soon realized how powerful Hazel's solo was and faded them out so that the focus would be on Hazel's guitar. Critics have described the solo as "lengthy, mind-melting" and the ending as "an emotional apocalypse of sound."

But it is more than that - the pure unadulterated passion and heart of Eddie Hazel's playing is second to none. It transcends anything that words can explain. I give you two other examples - Mr Carlos Santana, please step forward....

Santana's second guitarist (Ronnie Earl) there proving you don't need distortion to make a hell of an impact. (1.47 onwards). I hope Eric Clapton hears that and realises how over-rated he is.

The Second example is from Funkadelic again - but post Eddie Hazel. Eddie left the group (in jail, health problems, legal disputes - the usual, unfortunately) and George Clinton brought in Michael Hampton (Kid Funkadelic) aged just 17 at the time to replace him.

This version is from a bit later - 1978

Blinding. Just so superb, even with piss poor quality recording and sound, he manages to keep the listener with him, even when the other instruments aren't playing.

But not what I would like played at my funeral.  That would be this...

Please ignore the video - the song is "Mysteries of Love" by Angelo Badalamenti, unreleased version from Twin Peaks - not the Blue Velvet version. Moving and Magnificent.

Things I have learnt in the last week - Write your Will, Pay for your own Funeral, let people know what you want done at it, make sure your finances are easy for others to understand.
Choose your own music.